Saturday 26 May 2018

Capel Maelog

Bit of a historic view this week and only came about when my wife & I stopped for an ice cream nearby. We had been here quite a few times and I noticed these three large stones nearby but a little further along I saw some stones and thought it was an overgrown garden with a seat. Walking over to the stones I notice a prayer riveted on the side of the stones and nearby some information boards on Capel Mealog, I realised that what I thought was an  overgrown garden were the remains of the chapel that was here
Some history form CPAT website
"Excavations between 1984–87 in advance of housing development in Llandrindod Wells, Radnorshire, revealed the foundations of a medieval church and cemetery (right) abandoned in the 16th century. The church, probably built in the late 12th century, had curving apses at both the eastern and western ends. Of equal interest is the evidence of an earlier cemetery, preceding the church, dating to about the 10th–11th century AD, with a prominent focal grave which became incorporated within the chancel of the church. Excavations were funded by Cadw and the Manpower Services Commission and were undertaken with the permission of the developer, Mr Michael Rowlands."

These are the stones you can see from the road

Over to the left of them you can see this area of stones outlining the former chapel 

Above and left you look through the church to the east end I suspect the slab is where the altar would have been at one time

There are a few part in the nave where you can see outlines like these which are modern concrete, I wonder if they mark the graves that once were here
The West end seemed to have had an apse as well and the whole church would have been a reasonable size

Not far away are these information panels

which tell you the history and what was found in the archaeological excavation
I feel it is a pity the church went into decline like that and that more of the church did not survive
I will leave you with this view of the stones, The near stone has " God our Father we remember with thanksgiving the saints of your church and among them  Sanit Mealog who kept faith here in Radnorshire"  the second stone in both Welsh  "Trwy'r Drindod Sanctaidd - Trywyddrwydd"
and English " Through the Holy Trinity -Tranquillity 
For Phobie
Have a blessed weekend

Saturday 19 May 2018

St Mary Lyford

A chance comment from a Manager at work brought me to this church for a visit, I had not heard of the place until then. The Village had some interesting history as does the church.
"The Church of England parish church of St Mary the Virgin was built as a chapelry of Hanney in the first half of the 13th century. There is a Mass dial scratched on the south wall. The wooden bell-turret was added in the 15th century, has a scissor-braced timber frame and three bells. The Perpendicular Gothic clerestory was added either at the same time or early in the 16th century. The church was restored in 1875 under the direction of the Gothic revival architect Ewan Christian. It is a Grade II* listed building.
St Mary's parish is now part of the United Benefice of Cherbury with Gainfield"

The path leading up to the church

Better view of the church from the churchyard

Going around the North side

The East end and West end with Bellcote

The cross on the church below the bellcote

Across the wall

The porch and entrance door

View along the nave

The Chance arch and inside the chancel

Looking out of the chancel to the bellcote support at the back

Simple altar adornments

The cross is in memory

Right the pulpit

View of the church from thepulpit
The church font
Which you can see is covered in Graffiti

Some of the windows in the chancel
Choir stalls

Opposite side with light streaming through the windows

Spotted this little angel in a Squint or hagioscope

The huge bellcote support and church organ

The war memorial for the village of Lyford

On 8 April 1945 an Avro Lancaster B.I Special bomber aircraft, HK788 of No. 9 Squadron RAF based at Bardney in Lincolnshire, had taken part in a raid on a benzole factory in mainland Europe. On its return flight the plane caught fire and crashed in a field barely 400 yards (370 m) south of the parish church and Manor Farm.
All seven aircrew were killed. Six were members of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. The seventh was a warrant officer from the Royal Canadian Air Force. All are buried in the Commonwealth War Graves section of Botley Cemetery on the outskirts of Oxford.
In October 2008 the widow of one of the crew provided a plaque commemorating the seven dead. It was installed in St Mary the Virgin parish church, where the actor Richard Briers attended the ceremony and read Noël Coward's poem Lie in the Dark and Listen
Part of the Lancaster that was found sits on top of the memorial

Above the royal coat of arms from 1787

Couple of shots of the bellcote support and a chandalear

Sunlight shins through the windows

Outside in the churchyard you can see the place is kept neat & tidy

with headstones and tombs kept clear of grass

Near the south side of the church

Over in in corner of the churchyard

Above a group of headstones belonging to one family

Right a couple more recent headstones

Three of the older tombs in the churchyard

Nathan William Coe of the Berkshire Yeomanry

Above the grave of a young person

Right a family plot

The blocked off North door and the windows in the chancel

Above a mass sundial which
 would tell you the time of the next service

The walls are covered in these crosses. I have come across them before but not in the numbers I saw on this church

One of the reasons could be that Edmund Campion was captured at nearby Lyford Manor, Pilgrims may well have visited the church and marked the cross on the walls of the church

I feel the post is unfinished with out showing the last resting place of the Lancaster crew so I  visited  Botley Commonwealth War Cemetery to find the Bomber Crews graves. You can find them in a row buried beside each other.
Have a Happy Weekend